You’ve submitted all your applications and now you’re waiting for a decision. Take an active role and follow up to make sure your admission file is complete. It’s your responsibility as many schools don’t send requests for missing information.
We’ve heard too many stories about students who assumed their materials had been received by admissions, only to find out months later, when they hadn’t received a decision, that their teacher recommendations or standardized test scores hadn’t shown up.
To follow up with your colleges, create a list of your schools and a checklist of the application components you submitted. You can confirm online by using the service your high school subscribes to or the online tracking system many colleges assign to applicants. You can also call each admissions office directly to check whether the following components have been received and record this information on your own checklist:
- The Common Application or Universal College Application
- Individual school application and/or supplement
- Optional supplemental materials, such as art portfolios, science projects, athletic videos
- Your standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP, TOEFL)
- Your official high school transcript
- Guidance counselor letter of recommendation
- Required letters of recommendation
- Mid-year grades
- Application fee
Many schools that have online systems only track required materials. So, if you submitted optional supplemental materials they may not be included in that list. Take the time to make a phone call to determine whether your special items have been received.